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Yin Yang of World Hunger by Deevad Yin Yang of World Hunger by Deevad
Enough food is produced in the world today to feed everyone, but it's not the case... That's the best way to see the total failure of our actual human societies ...

This is what I tried to represent in this picture.

How you can help ? First you can 3min to sign this free online petition on 1billionhungry [link] to express your support against world hunger. That's not a lot, but it helps to see population care about it. Thanks !

Mypaint, Gimp-painter on Linux Mint.
( I did this artwork a year ago, but I post it here now to complete my portfolio on D.A ; more to come soon. )

UPDATE : Making off on my blog , here [link]
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Given 2012-01-01
Yin Yang of World Hunger by ~Deevad Also suggested by *Ev-sta ~ Click on The Hunger Site every day to help provide food for the hungry. Each click is free as the site is sponsored. Read News on Hunger on Bread for the World.org. ( Suggested by TommyGK and Featured by WDWParksGal )
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner 11 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
incredible work!
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TenThousandPlaces Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016
This is so evocative, Deevad. Disturbing in an excellent way.
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cyberlord64 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016
The concept is not bad buy conveys (apart of course from the artist's intended message) additional messages which should somehow be addressed. Yes yes i understand the practicality of the chosen colors (yin yang is after all using the black and white color pallet) However The exploitation of the poor starving African man by the Evil Fat White man is just as narrowshgihted and Racist as the illustration of a Black rapping drug-dealing Thug. As obesity is the result of not just food quantity, but food quality, psychological and sometimes physical  reasons, illustrating the dominant part as "obese" leads also to the misconception that obese = rich, powerful, evil etc. Let's not forget that it is the people with low income who are in fact more prone to obesity, than the high income people who have access to better food, education, healthcare and so on. Not to mention the distraction from all those *insert race here* philanthropists who generate large financial incomes either with tax-return or other under-the-table activities, just by showing up in some god forsaken village and hugging a starving child. Those people range in body size, race, ethnicity, color etc so i don't see the reason for such a label to exist. You are basically attempting to raise an issue of exploitation using methods of racial discrimination. And yes, i am white, and yes, i find it insulting.
P.S Sorry for any grammatic errors as English is not my native tongue.
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GameOfTricks Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
It's a good idea, I like it. However, it may be a fact for some countries but not for others. Can't generalize. 
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WanderingMogwai Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015   Photographer
This is amazing!
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WhatisLoveXD Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
i found this image by finding yin and yang but it was not on deviantart
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Okueiku Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I absolutely love this. how did you get this idea?
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Pants-McGee Featured By Owner Edited Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This really hits close to home for me. If I could find a way, I'd like to set up a system to immediately deliver any food I buy to starving children. This would help me stay motivated to starve myself back to a more appealing figure. Knowing I could help someone in more desperate need than myself would motivate me to do so, thus, over time, facilitating my intentions of depriving myself.
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croceviadipensieri Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Powerful!
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stardarling Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist

i posted a tasteless joke on this picture with my old account when i was REALLY underrage. sorry.... if someone sees it can you link it to me?
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Fehnryr Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015
I saw this in an article for most powerful art pieces... very well done!!

I don't know if you've heard of it, but freerice.com is another great (and fun) way to help feed those in need.
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ALI-MALBICHO Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015
Gorgeus!
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cyralie Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
The problem is not that we don't produce enough food. It's transporting it from Idaho to Ethiopia. It's ridiculously expensive and the food will spoil before it gets there. We're not being selfish gluttons hoarding all the food, it's impractical and

Farmers are not rich, and they lose money in a bad year. They aren't going to go into the negatives in a good year so they get the satisfaction of maybe feeding some people if the crops survive the journey.
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cuzc Featured By Owner Edited Jun 7, 2015
OF FUCKING COURSE!, always white people, liberals love bashing us, what about the fatass black gluttons you close minded shit, What about the fatass black women in walmart, or the chubby rapper fucks.
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Deevad Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Your words, the insulting tone and the limitation of your brain to the USA TV culture...
Wow, I'm impressed. Almost a credible troll.
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GameOfTricks Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
And I think that indirectly blaming white people for world hunger is very wrong. Not everything in the world is about race. Every single race in the world helped to create world hunger in a way. Whites are not the only ones who explored Africa and slowed down its progress, many other countries from other continents did too. 
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GameOfTricks Featured By Owner Edited Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
True, Deevad. However I agree with him that it's always white people that are the target, because people always forget that there are white people in the world who are also starving, and black people who have all the food they want. It varies greatly from country to country. What you must understand is that each country must first take care of its own people, and then think about other countries. Besides, in Africa, trucks filled with food are sent regulary, however, most of that food is stolen by gangs before it even reaches its destination. And the gangs are composed by only black people. And so the population remains hungry. 
And that utopia where all food in the world can be equally shared between all human beings is never gonna come true because there are 7 billion people in the world and not enough resorces for all of us. Life is not fair and will never be fair, we can make the situation better but never erase the problem. In life, there is always someone who will do better and someone who will be forgotten. Nature's laws work that way. Life is a competition. 


By the way, I'm not white. Just saying because nowadays if you have a different opinion regarding these subjects people automatically assume you're white. 
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Deevad Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for sharing your opinion GameOfTricks
I might not agree with all, but I really like reading how you elaborate your ideas and offer an analysis. Thanks.
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svenstoffels Featured By Owner Edited May 26, 2015
The most Obese people in the USA today are black women. 
  1. Recent national data show that 82.0 percent of Black women and 77.2 percent of Hispanic women are overweight or obese compared to 63.2 percent of White women (Ogden et al., 2014). In addition, over half of Black women are obese (versus 37.1 percent of Black men and 32.8 percent of White women) (Ogden et al., 2014).
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Hoffers Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Obese doesn't mean you have money nowdays it is often the opposite specially in countrys were fast food are cheaper then grocerys.
But the point isn't White people sitting on everyone it's that the society in whole does nothing too help those with nothing goes for any etnichy out their.
Everything isn't colours.
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TheDarkHeretic Featured By Owner May 9, 2015
Amazing piece, i love the the idea and the message :) !
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ChiaraLily9 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how wonderfully scary
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Nightgarm Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
This picture is just a masterpice :)
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Schneezahn Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015   General Artist
Ok, thats definitly one of  the epicst, political inspired pictures i ever had seen :O !
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ZebMachine Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sad but true..! Great vision..!!
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firlefanzzz Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
stunning!!
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godar07 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
!!!
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LeeLeeKelly Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great criticism!
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Lovely-Sassou Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
Amazing work.
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EKRing Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
This picture makes me think a lot.  Therefore I love it.  I am not going to pretend to be an art critic or to know anything about art..  But as an average person, who is white and overweight, I would like to say to the artist that I am not at all offended and I find this concept quite thought provoking.  I am even going to save money so I can purchase a print as I would like to use it as part of my teaching portfolio.  
I also like to see the variety of responses to this artwork.  Some people love it, some hate it.  That makes it a truly amazing piece I reckon.  Well done to you!  I hope to see more work like this.
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0choe Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Student General Artist
guys common this picture doesn't represent that blacks are inferior. The picture telling about who's getting more food wise, and that the world is unequally balanced. Like open your viewing range and don't be super offended.
Stereotypes emerge because of hate and hate leads to inequality.

just,,, yeah gomen for this little preach.
still like the pic tho 
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GameOfTricks Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
"Stereotypes emerge because of hate"

That would mean the author is hateful towards white people, because he/she stereotyped white people as being obese, lazy, and privileged in their own countries, comparing whites living in their own land to people living in other continents where there are very few white people.
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0choe Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Student General Artist
ok I wrote that I dont even know when so I apologize for my ignorant younger self

stereotypes are based off of truths
it defines a average majority or group
it is only when stereotypes are used to discriminate and alienate
to make that one single truth of a majority to suddenly be grotesque
and make that group a "them". there has always been the idea of "us" and "them"

yes stereotypes can be oversimplified and then its not true
of course its not true because it doesn't go for everyone

but the author is identifying one part of that majority
the cultural aspect that whites have been gaining and gaining more 
without sharing. And historically this is true.

You can still identify a truth and not hate that group
your just revealing what is

remember the author isn't hating on anyone
they are just revealing the differences of cultures and the outcomes of those 'racial' cultures

If anything sounds off or I didn't make sense
then please don't hesitate to say so
thanks 
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reicaden Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
why are we always the skinny injured ones? =/ 
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Baka-Lee Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry but I also think the suggestions made in this are too stereotypical. 

Black vs white. Fat vs skinny. It's also obvious that one is supposed to be good and the other is supposed to be bad. 

I mean, I understand the use of the yin and yang symbol and the other elements, since it's all supposed to be about balance. But it's a good idea tarnished by over-used and, in my mind, innacurate imagery.
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EKeehl Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
It's stereotypical because it's true. Aren't the black people the one who are poor (Africa?) Aren't the white people the lazy asses (America?)
It is obviously not true for everybody but for most it is.
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Baka-Lee Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No, it's not true for most actually. That is a horribly braod generalization.

Firstly there are plenty of black people living outside of third world countries who are, themselves, fat. Actually in some black cultures it's considered disreable to be fat. And secondly there are plenty of white people who are not. 

Also, being fat does not make someone bad and being skinny does not make someone good. I also feel the need to mention that you must know a lot of those poor black people are sickly, skinny, and dying because their own governments keep the wealth to themselves and don't give a damn.
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EKeehl Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
Of course being fat or skinny doesn't say anything about his or hers personality but that isn't what this is about.
I am just trying to say that reality learns us that  _most_ of the time this Yin Yang picture is the sad truth.
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sun-lily Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist
I am sorry if I am out of place, but maybe he was just trying to represent the black and white in the ying and yang symbol nothing more.
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Baka-Lee Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, don't be sorry. I'm sure that was actually the artist's intention.

It's just that the repeated use of such imagery, not just the colour, is becoming more and more apparent to me and I do find it a bit disturbing lately.
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ShoriMatsudai Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The world is out of balance isn't it...
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Haebak Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Professional Writer

I used this for my design. Of course, I gave you the credit, but feel free to tell me if you want me to remove it: haebak.deviantart.com/art/Unde…

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Cestarian Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very creative!
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Gozer-The-Destroyor Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
I'm always amazed when I see fatness used to represent greed or gluttony. It's like, I know so few fat people to whom that stereotype applies, so either I'm sheltered, or you are.

So, first of all, stop applying my body type to things I did not give you permission to apply them to. You slander me and people I love by implying these things about us.

Secondly, the symbol of poor, thin black people (I presume you're trying to represent him as a generic starving African man, since that's the trend) being oppressed by the fat American bully is such a vapid, ignorant goddamn platitude, and it doesn't even make sense. The majority of poverty and starvation in the poorer areas of the African continent (yes, there are actually wealthy areas in Africa, metropolises even!) is due to corruption within their own government, and has nothing to do with the perceived greed of a completely separate continent. Now, WHITE COLONIALISM is something that influences that corruption, but it certainly isn't "corpulent sows over in "Muricka eating all the twinkies" like you seem to be implying in this picture. Oh, and just to slice this bleeding heart piece of shit of yours even deeper, America has its own poverty problems, and a lot of people living below the poverty line are obese. The food available to them is unhealthy, but cheap enough to afford. They are fat, yet starving- and no, that sentence is not a contradiction.

You know nothing about the subjects you're trying to talk about with this vapid example of armchair activism here, and it's really fucking sad because people are... hell, DeviantART ITSELF is praising you for it.
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PhillterUnfiltered Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
"stop applying my body type to things I did not give you permission to apply them to."

He doesn't need your permission. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but not by their opinion. No matter how controversial that opinion may be. I don't mean this in disrespect, but if everyone needed permission for creative expression we should might as well surrender our creative rights all together.

"America has its own poverty problems, and a lot of people living below the poverty line are obese."

I'm from metro Detroit, born and raised in several different parts of it including Detroit itself. My best friends are in this poverty level that you speak of. You know what, they still stay physically fit because they understand that for the price of a big mac meal, you can buy the ingredients for meals that will last you two or three days. One of them is even a physical trainer for a living now and he started with absolutely nothing. I say this to tell you that what you said there is far more insulting than the way you described the artwork. On top of that, how can you compare a country that has food readily available to countries have practically none and still feel good about yourself?

For all I know we (people with the slightest inherited advantages) may or may not be responsible, but the fact is I don't care. Nothing is going to change the fact that you live in a country where obesity is a burden and someone else lives in a country where starvation is considered normal. I understand you posted this in February, but if you are still bitter about this artwork please let it go.

Food for thought.
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Baka-Lee Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude, I think this person was commenting about overweight people being used to represent bad attitudes, idiocy, ignorance, greed, and so on. Whether that's because the people who make this sort of thing thinks fat people are ugly, or whther they're simply using trends in size to make a point, I have no idea.

Being overweight myself, I was also disappointed to see that kind of imagery being used here by an independent artist. While I'm sure that was not the intention, it still gives me a bit of a sad to see it once again for the... I don't know how many times I've seen it.
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PhillterUnfiltered Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
That is something that neither your or I can really help. I know plenty of overweight people that are amongst the best of personalities I have ever met and it makes me sad to make this argument while keeping their names and faces in mind. But my point still stands, other countries view the U.S. in a similar way that we view them. We may have over weight people, greedy people, ignorant people, the so called yanks we've been considered as... But how do we view People in Canada? Mexico? Or even the middle east? How do we view the people in North Korea? How many jokes have you heard from each of those? You might take offense to it, but realistically it's just the way of the world. Most of our empathy is aimed towards the things we understand, yet we antagonize the very things that repulses us or remains unfamiliar. American obesity can very well be a mass view of repulsion amongst a lot of people in other countries, more specifically third world. I understand that it hurts, because you are part of a demographic that is frowned upon. But keeping things in perspective, if you were to make that argument to a person who doesn't have food readily available, what do you think they would say? More importantly how do you think they would feel if they even saw you or me for that matter? I may not be obese, but the padding I have is enough to be called fat in third world countries.

I don't say what I say in disrespect. But realistically, the scales are unbalanced. One country has people dying of starvation while the next has dietary conditions as a social norm.

So I think the most important question(s) is this... What are you hoping to change or accomplish? How does changing their perception of overweight people change anyone else's life for the better? I think in order to fully defend that idea, you need to understand the perception of others. The artist expressed his opinion. Whether it is remotely related to my statement or not, who are any of us to tell him what to draw?
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Baka-Lee Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm actually Canadian ;)  just fyi, lol.

I don't approve stereotypes in any sense and I try to rebuke each time I come across one. No exceptions. Just because someone else, or even a group of people think certain stereotypes and think it's okay does not make it okay. And it doesn't make it okay for us to excuse as 'everyone else does it', or, you know, something along those lines.

It almost seems like placing blame to me. I'm not just referring to this piece of art, but others along the same vein. Fat people always look bad, fat people are often viewed as less than human in the media. Society always likes to place blame on whatever looks bad. Or at least looks worse than something else.

You're right, of course, we can't tell anyone what to draw or what imagery they should be using. But just because it's art doesn't mean it's free from criticism in the use of it's subjects. 

What I want to do is basically ask the question 'why?'. Why do people who tackle this subject matter always make the fat people white? Why do they always looks to ugly and bad? Why is this person practically sitting upon the other as if they the direct cause to this person's lack of food? Etc.
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PhillterUnfiltered Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
lol Sorry about that, In fairness I should have checked.

I'm sending the rest via note. Not trying to be disrespectful, I just don't want to spam the page.
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Cestarian Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Say what about 'muricans?

This was a mildly informing post I guess on the poverty and starvation status of Africa, but who ever added Americans into the mix?

You don't really think Americans are the only white people in the world; Do you? We're white here in Europe too. You'll also find white people in Asia, Koreans seem pretty white to me in general for one, and that's not even west Asia.

Even if you have some decent points; you're reading too much into certain elements (like white and black) in my opinion. (This wouldn't be a Yin Yang if it wasn't white and black)

Btw, fat is a nice metaphor for greed; since greed is in general taking more than you need, which is one of the reasons people grow fat. Fat used to be symbolic for wealthy though back in the day.
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